While on shore leave on the planet Argelius II with Dr. McCoy and Captain Kirk, Chief Engineer Scott finds himself accused of murdering an exotic dancer he met in a nightclub. He has no recollection of the incident but is found standing over the girl with a bloody knife in his hand. For Mr. Hengist, the chief administrator, the case is cut and dried, but Jaris, the planet's leader, suggests that his wife chair a séance to identify the killer. Tragedy strikes again, still pointing to Mr. Scott as the culprit. Kirk suggests they retire to the Enterprise where they can use its computers to determine if Scott is lying and who the real culprit may be. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode was made around about the time that Leonard Nimoy
earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Mr Spock. William Shatner
has admitted that this put his nose out of joint considerably, leading to tensions between the two actors so this episode was a conscious effort on the part of the writers to sideline Nimoy and give Shatner centerstage. (After the series finished, these animosities were put aside and the two remained lifelong friends up until Nimoy died in 2015.) See more
Obvious double for Mr. Hengist in the final chase. Notice the stunt double is wearing a complete bald cap whereas actor John Fiedler
has hair on the back and sides. See more
Uh, Captain, uh, may I continue with the questions please?
Captain James T. Kirk
Well, get on with it, man! Just don't stand there!